Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Sunday, Feb

By Dairy Fruit

Day 124: Mendoza

Back in a big city. When we arrived in the early morning, I already missed being in a small town. So much noise and things happening! Also the subconscious feeling of having to be slightly more alert.

We did manage to wrangle a pretty sweet private room though, at Hostel Suites Mendoza, where we had all that we needed (even a never before seen shower / toilet combo. Should have tried to have a shower while on the toilet, perhaps next time).

Most of the day consisted of napping and eating some food, before setting out to a mall so that we could watch Mad Max in the cinema.

I must say I really enjoyed the film, some great practical effects and Charlize Theron was real badass.

Day 124: Meeting a local

Amazingly Fernanda, our guide at Cueva de las Manos, as she said she would agreed to show us around her hometown. She even picked us up in her car, from the hostel (which she actually worked in as well!), to visit a park nearby as well as to see the town from a nearby viewpoint.

In the afternoon, we parted ways but made sure to invite her for some dinner later. During the meantime we had some ice cream and a nap, fitting in nicely with the local siesta culture.

Fernanda took us to a place to find some Picada – mixed tapas like platter, which tasted awesome. During the course of our dinner, we found out that she actually studied electrical engineering before switching to english. Using this, she did an exchange program in the US for 6 months and also worked in Ireland as an aupair.

Another interesting fact was that Wednesday and Thursday nights are girls night around here and that dates happen normally on the Friday night. Apparently if a guy asks you out on the Wed / Thur nights you need to be suspicious, as this could mean... (Read More)

By Brendan's Adventures

When I first moved to South America some 6 years ago, I heard tourists talking about Mendoza, Argentina.  They talked about going on winery tours by bicycle.  Bikes and wine; and idea so terrible it might be genius.  And, it is.  This was now my second time to Mendoza.  The second time that I’ve made jumped on a bike and cycled around to the various wineries. My second time getting a little bit too drunk to properly control a bicycle.

Though I did shoot some photography on my trip to Mendoza, this stay here in the capital of Malbec was focused much more intently on indulging a little bit.  Of course, I made a video of it all, and even managed to get a couple sharp images despite the alcohol content in my... (Read More)

By Jeff & Lindsay's Travel Blog

Wine, wine and more wine! That’s probably what most of you think of when you hear Mendoza. Rightfully so, it’s the main tourist attraction to the city. We flew to Mendoza from Iguazu Falls and initially we had no idea how long we were going to stay, a few days or a week? It was flexible as this was the last leg of our 5 flights so we didn’t have a set departure date.  We decided to stay for 3 days and it was just the right amount of time.

Our lodging here was a first for us. We used AirBnb, which we have had great luck with in the past but this time we chose a shared home and shared bathroom. Why?... (Read More)

By Traveling Lightly Blog

Our afternoon flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina, from Salvador, Brazil, was uneventful except for the six-hour layover in Rio.  Maggie tried to talk me into taking a taxi through town so we could say we did Rio.  The view from the airplane window of the undulating coastline and the coastal Serra do Mar mountains including Pão de Açúcar, Sugarloaf, and Corcovado, the Hunchback, appeased me until a more extended visit someday soon.

We landed in Buenos Aires at 1:30 a.m., too late to take the overnight bus to Mendoza.  I had not planned that well, but when I purchased our plane tickets from Brazil to Argentina it was either the afternoon flight or the 6:30 a.m. flight, and I don’t do 6:30 a.m. flights unless I have no choice.  So we spent the night at EZE airport aiming to take a shuttle to the bus terminal and catch the 7 a.m. 16-hour coach to Mendoza.  I perused air flights, but the cost although not prohibitive didn’t make sense.  I needed to learn to travel light on my wallet.

So we lounged in the plastic seats with our feet propped on our backpacks while we watched “Friends” on Netflix until the free wifi kicked us off around 3:30 a.m.  We lost Maggie’s cellphone when we left it unattended in the... (Read More)

By Michael Schachner for Wine Enthusiast Magazine

New hotels, impressive wineries and greatly improved gastronomy prove this mountainous region boasts more than just Malbec.

From the minute you set foot in Mendoza, the Andes burn an indelible mark in your memory bank. Peaks like El Plata and Tupungato, both over 20,000 feet in elevation, sit sentinel over tens of thousands of vineyard acres, creating a postcard visual. Yet, Mendoza is more than just mountains and Malbec. Over the past 15 years, this desert wine region, located some 700 miles west of Buenos Aires, has evolved into a top destination for wine tourism. New hotels, architecturally impressive wineries and.. READ FULL ARTICLE

By Crikey

Which is how we found ourselves on a clear, cold, spring day looking out onto fresh snow-capped mountains on the windy road up to the border. Uncharacteristically, it had rained in Santiago the previous night and we worried that the border would be closed. In typical Latino style, information on both the Chilean and Argentine border websites was not forthcoming, so after a fruitless hour of searching, we just said what the hell and went.

It took three hours to reach the border, climbing higher and higher and passing very few other vehicles along the way. Well, it was a Sunday morning; everyone must have been in bed or at church. The roads were clear as a bell, if anything the rain had left everything clean and crisp.

Finally, we arrived at the Argentine border — a giant hangar with a few laneways and lots of relaxed-looking officials, bundled up in coats. It was pretty quiet with only a couple of other cars and a tourist bus. I hopped out to stretch my legs and immediately... (Read More)

By Planet Mountain

Swiss alpinist Michael Lerjen-Demjen introduces the climbing at Los Arenales close to Mendoza in Argentina. Perfect granite and an unlimited potential at an altitude of 3000m.

I don’t really know how many times I’ve been to Argentina, I can’t remember exactly, but what I know is that while I’ve experienced my highs and lows, this immense country has never lost its charm. Argentina offers much more than just merely mountains: it’s a land that overflows with passion, beauty, serenity and tranquility.

Most climbers are attracted to El Chalten, to Cerro Torre, Fitz Roy and their surrounding peaks, just like I was in the past. But this time I wanted to try something else, enjoy different stimuli, feel the thrill of something new I’d forgotten about. During a family dinner - Asado of course - we got the idea that I should head north to explore the rocks and mountains around Mendoza. My initial reply was that I wasn't interested in climbing Aconcagua, but when Manu showed me the incredible photos of Los Arenales, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.

The trip alone is worth the drive to Los Arenales: you wind your way through vineyards in Mendoza as you enjoy sweeping views across the snowy peaks of the Andes. And when you get to Los Arenales you remain stunned, there’s... (Read More)

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